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Re: entertainment news that don't deserve their own thread

 July 26, 2021, 05:36:33 PM View in topic context
 Posted by Long John Killer  in entertainment news that don't deserve their own thread (Started by Titiln June 18, 2011, 03:16:32 AM
 Board: Entertainment

Kinda the wrong guy to say Korra failed, I enjoyed it pretty thoroughly.  Nick failed Korra, not Korra the show failing what it managed.  But I guess you mean the company behind the She-Ra reboot didn't mess with its production intentionally and it did what the creators wanted without interference, then cool.

I'm not expecting the plot twist ending from this season to last.  One, it's a repeat of what the show opened on, the character had no growth since their return since....it's literally moments after.  Two, as many unexpected twists and turns you want to take to get there, the whole main conflict is still between He-Man and Skeletor, they have to have their big climatic battle because that's their roles.  And three, if the least tangentially reasonable relation, the last big He-Man media craze was the He-Man vs ThunderCats crossover and that was also all built around killing off He-Man right at the start only for him to get better down the line.
    

Re: entertainment news that don't deserve their own thread

 July 26, 2021, 03:53:48 AM View in topic context
 Posted by Long John Killer  in entertainment news that don't deserve their own thread (Started by Titiln June 18, 2011, 03:16:32 AM
 Board: Entertainment

And hey, following up on the previous topic this thread died on, the He-Man show is out now.  Just finished watching the first part earlier today, s'pretty good show so far.

Spoiler, click to toggle visibilty

It does remind me that I'm still surprised that they have no connection to the She-Ra reboot whatsoever, given its also recent popularity.  I haven't seen it myself yet but I am aware it has its own handful of intentional changes from the source, whereas this is much more in-line with He-Man traditionally but center of focus changed and characters expanded upon.  But even He-Man has alt. universes and whatnot to meddle with.  Not so much a complaint as a surprised shrug that they didn't have so much as cameoed a little wink and a nudge.
    

Re: New Dragonball Super Series

 July 25, 2021, 04:59:18 AM View in topic context
 Posted by Long John Killer  in New Dragonball Super Series (Started by Omega April 28, 2015, 02:37:30 PM
 Board: Entertainment

I too vastly prefer hand drawn 2D artwork, 3D anime has traditionally been MUCH farther behind than your typical western blockbuster example, but it's not exactly Blue Submarine No. 6 quality anymore.  Since Land of the Lustrous I think we've gotten good examples of 3D anime and I'm left to assume Dragon Ball of all anime properties will get the people behind it to make it shine.  If nothing else we know Toriyama's art style works well in 3D because Dragon Quest has been running with it for years now just fine, if video game to theater production not being an exact one-for-one. (Oh right and duh, all the freaking Dragon Ball video games.  Because somehow I legit forgot all of those for a moment)

It's mainly a heavy distraction when it switches between the two.  Worse yet when it's on the same character, at least with mecha your brain is expecting the machine to look different.  It's why Ressurection F and Super Broly just looked weird and standout when they just swapped out Goku and Vegeta for 3D models for a scene or two.  Granted doesn't always work with the mecha example either just not being humanoid, the first thing I often think about when pondering early 3D anime is the Sailor Moon R movie's Earth-shattering asteroid being beautifully hand drawn up until it gets close then they decide to show off their 3D skills of the time and it becomes a 30 polygon count blooming flower planet.  But that was freaking before Toy Story was a thing.

In short, if they keep the whole thing 3D and it generally looks like this quality throughout....

I think the movie will do just fine.
    

Re: Activision Blizzard is Getting Sued by California Over Frat-Boy Work Enviornment

 July 23, 2021, 11:33:00 PM View in topic context

I don't have a lot to offer without getting into it and going over all the details of this actual case, but on Blizzard as a whole...

kinda sad to hear what blizzard had become.
This.  I really try to stay detached from Blizzard for the most part for years now.  Revisited Diablo 3 earlier this year to see if it was still as bad as people made it out to be, but that's about it.  Not interested in Overwatch as it is and am largely ignorant on the finer details on their other ventures, beyond Bungie cutting the cord from them.  But man, I really miss when they were the gold standard of PC gaming, getting everyone on Warcraft III or StarCraft and just doing stupid stuff like playing Protoss and using Dark Archons to steal Zerg Drones and Terran SCVs and playing as all three species at once, breaking the unit cap.  Or all the custom hero campaigns people made for Warcraft III and shared online.

While not NEARLY as abhorrent as Blizzard is accused of, it reminds me of 343.  Specifically how all the inspiration and lifeblood of the company former is just....gone.  The properties remain but not helmed by anyone who cares.  Or at least the verdict is still out on 343 with their latest venture at least, but that's a topic for another day.  Blizzard....man, I didn't even care for freaking WoW.

I suppose the point of that somewhat disconnected rant was that yeah, this doesn't surprise me if it's true.  Which is ultimately a big shame on them.
    

Re: Nickelodeon All Star Brawl

 July 23, 2021, 11:13:26 PM View in topic context
 Posted by Long John Killer  in Nickelodeon All Star Brawl (Started by walt July 13, 2021, 07:39:39 PM
 Board: Fighting Games

Hey, I'm not expecting a large quantity of villain characters.  Hell, not really expecting any if they're just aiming for franchise faces and obscure oddballs, something most major villains don't fall under..  Just spitballing good additions.

Sometimes I wish I was more into Nick growing up, because even catching the Jimmy Neutron movie at release I never really got into it.  Beyond its 3D on cable t.v. improvements over ReBoot and Beast Wars, that was neat.  CN was just always more appealing in every regard.  So the Hugh Neutron meme going around confuses me.  The only thing I recall about the guy in the show is his love for banana seat bicycles one episode and gay jokes about him being in the closet.  Nick's Mr. Smithers essentially.  But meme culture is typically weird and bizarre so eh, whatever floats fans' boats.
    

Re: gaming news that don't deserve their own thread

 July 22, 2021, 10:18:02 PM View in topic context
 Posted by Long John Killer  in gaming news that don't deserve their own thread (Started by Titiln October 30, 2011, 05:13:58 PM
 Board: Gaming

Cool.  Never got to play Dead Space but always been curious.  It always seemed essentially Doom 3 but taken more serious as a horror title rather than start off scary but eventually you beef up your arsenal until you're hunting the monsters instead.  And while I never did play first-hand, that health bar on the back coolant level thing was a stroke of brilliance in UI design.

Oh right and there was something about killing babies that carried over into Dante's Inferno.  Which was a weird company checkmark to carry over for EA.
    

Re: Nickelodeon All Star Brawl

 July 22, 2021, 03:53:03 AM View in topic context
 Posted by Long John Killer  in Nickelodeon All Star Brawl (Started by walt July 13, 2021, 07:39:39 PM
 Board: Fighting Games

More annoyingly, doesn't Nick own that Baby Shark meme retooled as a whole series now?  I recall seeing Nick branded merch on it in stores in passing.

Not that any of these hypothetical third parties are likely to happen anyways, but if anywhere Goku would show I'd imagine it would be a CN/Toonami project.  DBZ Kai hasn't been a Nick thing in years, Super has been all under Toonami's branding and the whole English dubbing is centered around it airing on Adult Swim's age bracketing.  Not to mention the series has a longer and more impactful history with CN/Toonami, but history ironically doesn't matter as much when it comes to third parties.  Else we would have seen Cloud in PlayStation All-Stars, not Smash.

That all said and good, the irony of Goku showing in this unashamed Smash clone that is in of itself already a meme existing would be hilarious for the resulting memes alone.  Also modders down the line would just export the Nick All-Stars characters into Smash anyways, I'd assume.
    

Re: New Dragonball Super Series

 July 20, 2021, 11:52:46 PM View in topic context
 Posted by Long John Killer  in New Dragonball Super Series (Started by Omega April 28, 2015, 02:37:30 PM
 Board: Entertainment

Been a while since this thread's been active.  Time for a bump, because we got a new transformation.  Spoilers, I suppose, but it's also been out in the general news for a few days now.  Vegeta's turn now it seems.  Guess Royal Blue or SSJB2 or whatever from the ToP was short-lived.

Spoiler, click to toggle visibilty

It's...odd looking.  Both SSJ3 and Ultra Instinct Sign looking at the same time.  Mostly just ends up with Caveman Vegeta.

Also I guess story's continued to a degree.  Mostly fighting over an misunderstanding that the good guys now know of but don't quite care about the details.  Granolah taking out Goku was a bit weird in its reasoning given.  First they state that even his super perfect scanner eyepiece thing shows MUI has zero openings or downsides, but later on he is able to go all Kenshiro and pressure point his heart to explode because "His accuracy lowers over time".  Despite....not doing any moves or techniques at the time requiring accuracy whatsoever.  Eh, I'm assuming what the translation meant that its ki guard becomes more erratic over time, not continually perfect always.

Oh also Goku's heart got pressure pointed and gave out.  Or at least that's what it seemed from the outside.  Then he got up later this chapter and there was an aftershock also in his heart but he ignored it.  The effectiveness of damaging vital organs in Super has been very all over the place and it's weird.  A nice callback would have been to have his go into his God form and heal it like in Battle of Gods, but guess we're not doing that, at least up to this point.
    

Re: Nickelodeon All Star Brawl

 July 18, 2021, 08:03:34 PM View in topic context
 Posted by Long John Killer  in Nickelodeon All Star Brawl (Started by walt July 13, 2021, 07:39:39 PM
 Board: Fighting Games

On the other hand, something that bugged me with Smash for a time if not a HUGE deal was its focus on protagonist heroes left a large lack of villains being pulled for playable characters.  Ganondorf showed right away on the second title, sure, but it's still a notable contrast in cast size to this day.  While the focus on the main protagonist characters is understandable, only having those makes for a weird fighting game.

Like, the Fire Emblem comparison is apt and all, but I also would kinda like this game to include Mr. Krabs and Plankton as grey pro/antagonist and straight-up villain characters respectively?  Likewise I'd hope for Azula or Fire Lord Ozai.  Korra's series has a different issue to Last Airbender's that it kills off its villains too fast due to how the show was essentially made up season by season, but Kuvira or Amon would be cool antagonist additions.

I'd say Zaheer because of that season's whole Man of Steel-based finale but the whole metal poisoning/staged execution bit is PROBABLY a bit too extreme for this fun kiddy party game.  Though then Amon was also leader of a bigoted cult so eh, Korra as a whole is about as extreme as Nick gets and appears to be just early Season 1 version of her anyways.

Some less extreme additions would be The Tallest from Invader Zim though.  That'd be cool.
    

Re: Nickelodeon All Star Brawl

 July 17, 2021, 10:19:11 PM View in topic context
 Posted by Long John Killer  in Nickelodeon All Star Brawl (Started by walt July 13, 2021, 07:39:39 PM
 Board: Fighting Games

Shot in the dark here, but mulling it over, since they're reaching both new school and old school, a nice mix of both would be adding Professor Membrane.  What with the Invader Zim movie and all making new fans.

I'd say obviously after Dib is confirmed, but for some reason they went with Powdered Toast Man before Ren & Stimpy themselves, so eh, whatever works for them.
    

Re: Nickelodeon All Star Brawl

 July 17, 2021, 01:28:14 AM View in topic context
 Posted by Long John Killer  in Nickelodeon All Star Brawl (Started by walt July 13, 2021, 07:39:39 PM
 Board: Fighting Games

I had actually rather forgotten that.  Which is silly of me, because it's in the freaking opening credits.  Thank you.
    

Re: PC Gaming is now portable - STEAM DECK

 July 16, 2021, 01:48:34 AM View in topic context
 Posted by Long John Killer  in PC Gaming is now portable - STEAM DECK (Started by walt July 15, 2021, 11:56:21 PM
 Board: Gaming

Not that I care much, but I guess for clarification's sake do we just not acknowledge the existence of laptops anymore?  Because I recall a solid decade of Alienware throwing their ads of their so-called top of the line gaming laptops in magazines everywhere.  Or does portable gaming just extend to handheld Game Boy equivalents?  Because that seems silly.

Neat little thing for those who care though I guess.  Haven't touched my Steam since, god, 2016 maybe?  Not much to care about PC gaming anymore.  I only care about Valve at this point for the never-happening Half-Life 3 or Portal 3 so largely disconnected these days.
    

Re: Nickelodeon All Star Brawl

 July 15, 2021, 03:27:15 AM View in topic context
 Posted by Long John Killer  in Nickelodeon All Star Brawl (Started by walt July 13, 2021, 07:39:39 PM
 Board: Fighting Games

https://nickelodeonallstarbrawl.com/?fbclid=IwAR1bYuYjtaML2BbnlLw6GdoKOA0QfUVa-qC5LULO8cbAoxz_xMAqPQeyZxk

I noticed something odd when going over the official site.  The URLs for the character portraits of each character has some sort of codename assigned to each character.

SpongeBob: Apple
Lincoln Loud: Rascal
Zim: Alien
Powdered Toast Man: Hero
Reptar: Mascot
Leonardo: Moon
Danny Phantom: Plasma
Michelangelo: Pizza
Lucy: Goth
Helga: Rival
Nigel Thornberry: Narrator
Patrick: Star
Oblina: Snake

Most of these make sense.  But why is SpongeBob called Apple?  And Leonardo Moon?  Some obscure factoid about them I'm not recalling or familiar with?  Because I really can't recall anything to do with apples in SpongeBob.
    

Re: Nickelodeon All Star Brawl

 July 15, 2021, 02:20:31 AM View in topic context
 Posted by Long John Killer  in Nickelodeon All Star Brawl (Started by walt July 13, 2021, 07:39:39 PM
 Board: Fighting Games

How recent was the acquisition?  I had no idea about it but I guess the last time I thought of Garfield was either those terrible live-action movies or Cartoon Network doing a 3D cartoon years ago that I never saw.  The TMNT acquisition was quite a while ago, though I still don't much think of them as a Nick brand series personally, but at least its been long enough for a whole new generation to be acquainted to Nick's versions of the Turtles.
    

Re: Nickelodeon All Star Brawl

 July 15, 2021, 01:57:42 AM View in topic context
 Posted by Long John Killer  in Nickelodeon All Star Brawl (Started by walt July 13, 2021, 07:39:39 PM
 Board: Fighting Games

Also, since I skipped this before.

Any guesses to who could be the final boss? :beam:
It's gotta be Olmec.  Nick's currently in the running of rebooting Legends of the Hidden Temple and the whole show's concept works sorta like that shadow super boss from Smash 4 after Master/Crazy Hands.

I also expect the green slime to be incorporated somehow into the game because that was essentially Nick's whole identity for the time frame a number of these shows featured came out during.

Not for nothing but just for comparison, Cartoon Network's Smash clone from some years back also had a weird approach for their final boss; the whole game was about Space Ghost screwing around with his t.v. remote.
    

Re: Nickelodeon All Star Brawl

 July 14, 2021, 02:32:03 AM View in topic context
 Posted by Long John Killer  in Nickelodeon All Star Brawl (Started by walt July 13, 2021, 07:39:39 PM
 Board: Fighting Games

The thought occurred to me an advantage this Nick game has per roster picks is Nick has a long history of popular live-action shows as well as all their cartoons, and I was actually getting excited at the possibility of playing as Fresh Prince of Bel-Air Will Smith.  Until I was reminded Nick at Nite was just a bunch of reruns of shows syndicated elsewhere and Fresh Prince is a NBC program.

But hey, Drake and Josh is a Nick show.  And Kenan and Kel.  And are unlikely to show up because getting the cartoon cast down right is hard enough but shut up, it's fun to dream.
    

Re: Nickelodeon All Star Brawl

 July 14, 2021, 12:00:33 AM View in topic context
 Posted by Long John Killer  in Nickelodeon All Star Brawl (Started by walt July 13, 2021, 07:39:39 PM
 Board: Fighting Games

Korra sans Aang is a much weirder turnout than Aang without Korra.  Especially seeing Nick tried burying Korra for a time but is all in on promoting Last Airbender as of late.  The Avatar stage in the initial trailer doesn't appear to be Republic City, just an Earthbender location, so even if it's one stage per franchise the fact the stage aligns much more with Last Airbender than Legend of Korra would leave me expecting Aang still.

Also wait, now that I think of it, TMNT got both New York City and the Terrordrome.  So it's not even one stage per series.


To the all three of you out there that wanted to see Leonardo the Ninja Turtle murder Hey Arnold's Helga on Battlefield, this one's for you.
    

Re: Nickelodeon All Star Brawl

 July 13, 2021, 11:43:12 PM View in topic context
 Posted by Long John Killer  in Nickelodeon All Star Brawl (Started by walt July 13, 2021, 07:39:39 PM
 Board: Fighting Games

I kinda hope this game has Final Smash equivalents just so they can reference key moments of the show or memes.  So that Ren & Stimpy can destroy Australia every Final Smash.

Oh, who am I kidding, their Final Smash would be Happy Happy, Joy Joy.
    

Re: Nickelodeon All Star Brawl

 July 13, 2021, 11:05:14 PM View in topic context
 Posted by Long John Killer  in Nickelodeon All Star Brawl (Started by walt July 13, 2021, 07:39:39 PM
 Board: Fighting Games

Kinda freaking odd that there's zilch on the Avatar franchise in its reveal trailer.  I'd of course fully expect at bare minimum Aang to show as a character and more likely Korra in tow if not a full on 100% expectancy.  I'd assume it's not their most lucrative franchise because quality does not necessarily beget profits, but it is unquestionably their greatest.

Beyond that, surprised that it looks like there's some level of quality control to this cash-grab.  And Leonardo has moves from the TMNT arcade game?  In fact their design overall is more skewed to the 80's cartoon than the 3D one Nick's most know for, which is interesting.  I notice though with Danny Phantom an issue that came up when Cartoon Network tried their own Smash clone years ago.  Some 2D cartoon art styles do NOT transition to 3D well.

But then Powdered Toast Man is here of all things and doesn't look half-bad.  Which is a feat unto itself given Ren & Stimpy's freakish art design.  So what the hell.

Speaking of which, I nominate Mr. Horse to be included.


Edit: Ok, the stage after Nigel is shown is clearly an Avatar stage.  So there is that.  Surprised Aang's flight stick is a background detail, that means he likely would not have it as part of his movepool.
    

Re: The Nintendo News Thread

 July 09, 2021, 03:34:40 AM View in topic context
 Posted by Long John Killer  in The Nintendo News Thread (Started by "Bad News" Hoffmann June 07, 2011, 09:14:28 PM
 Board: Gaming

It is a bit suspect that this OLED model is, like, 90% on the mark with previous rumor details, some rather specific....except matching with the point that most would have been interested in, the 4K resolution and general hardware bump.  The superfluous stuff, that's all on the money.  Ah well.  I guess it's something.

My current Switch has been showing its wear and tear of being a day one buy and was rather hoping for that full next step upgrade to replace it.  But this model only impacts those who stick to handheld mode, and I get maybe, like, 15 minutes of handheld use per week out of it generally?  It's more a docked console for me so the OLED screen doesn't warrant a purchase alone for me.

Also its been 23 days since Nintendo's E3 and I'm still in disbelief that Metroid 5, Metroid Dread specifically is still a thing that's coming out in a relatively recent time schedule.  Like what the hell.  It's like Duke Nukem Forever but I'm actually invested and care.  Also don't be like Duke Nukem Forever please.